×

Warning

Failed deleting 3af9ebfef76199fa464ee8e72d884a0e-cache-_system-0e9a6aec084e9c7c6e2d69786c6f24bb.php

Failed deleting 3af9ebfef76199fa464ee8e72d884a0e-cache-com_content-e584a0fa140ea77bb2423ae5c064104e.php

Failed deleting 3af9ebfef76199fa464ee8e72d884a0e-cache-com_k2-7a177757f92ba9ed3c59b2f556c6149c.php

Failed deleting 3af9ebfef76199fa464ee8e72d884a0e-cache-com_k2_extended-0abab80ac7ccb125068b3c1f6b288976.php

Failed deleting 3af9ebfef76199fa464ee8e72d884a0e-cache-com_languages-150645621128f97f4134a1707ca9cc6c.php

Failed deleting 3af9ebfef76199fa464ee8e72d884a0e-cache-com_plugins-8308c48f507df0498b08e89703b5b944.php

Failed deleting 3af9ebfef76199fa464ee8e72d884a0e-cache-com_templates-b55299c8c1e497551e1430e4f3b9ed73.php

Failed deleting jwsigpro_cache_49cfe5a93a_ad9a8450.jpg

Failed deleting 3af9ebfef76199fa464ee8e72d884a0e-cache-mod_b2j_aquarius_layer_slider-9979bb146baf74005019bab03ae1ea2a.php

Failed deleting 3af9ebfef76199fa464ee8e72d884a0e-cache-mod_breadcrumbs-a5971236557ea6f1c57940efc02ebad8.php

Failed deleting 3af9ebfef76199fa464ee8e72d884a0e-cache-mod_custom-49bcd4e092d6fbffc3511fd8b547c463.php

Failed deleting 3af9ebfef76199fa464ee8e72d884a0e-cache-mod_k2_content-d0d9761e1c82296cbcafbfaf6683d72b.php

Failed deleting 3af9ebfef76199fa464ee8e72d884a0e-cache-mod_menu-07670775aaf272b5300bb412e263e92b.php

Failed deleting 3af9ebfef76199fa464ee8e72d884a0e-cache-mod_news_pro_gk5-0692edea6312b0edeaec0d1f7feff950.php

Failed deleting 3af9ebfef76199fa464ee8e72d884a0e-cache-_system-6c33162b8906c4217693ab5ca9172cbe.php

Failed deleting 3af9ebfef76199fa464ee8e72d884a0e-cache-com_modules-ef9ac50fef187488323dfdf0af4a80d6.php

×

Notice

Simple Image Gallery Pro Notice: Joomla's /cache folder is not writable. Please correct this folder's permissions, clear your site's cache and retry.

2014 Martin Institute Conference: 755 Educators Take Learning Forward

Learning Forward, The 2014 Martin Institute Conference brought together over 755 educators from 17 states across the country for a two-day outstanding professional development experience.

This year’s attendees included public and private school teachers representing over 160 schools from pre-kindergarten to college. The topics offered in this year’s workshops included leadership, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), literacy, assessments, tech integration, common core and more. View the offerings that were available on the conference website.

Learning Forward, The 2014 Martin Institute Conference brought together over 755 educators from 17 states across the country for a two-day outstanding professional development experience.

This year’s attendees included public and private school teachers representing over 160 schools from pre-kindergarten to college. The topics offered in this year’s workshops included leadership, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), literacy, assessments, tech integration, common core and more. View the offerings that were available on the conference website.

Attendees chose from over 30 workshop sessions each day in learning blocks of 1-and-a-half hours long. Keynote speakers were Rafe Esquith, Donald Hense, Ron Berger and Lee Burns. Their talks inspired the group to do good work, that is good for the soul and good for the mind; to develop the Atticus Finch level of moral development; and to continue learning through professional development.


The closing keynote was given by PDS Headmaster Lee Burns. Burns remarked that schools need a revolution instead of an evolution and that the emphasis should be on teaching students how to learn and ask deeper questions. In closing, Burns challenged the group to ask “messy” questions such as “If fitness plans and mattresses can be customized, why can’t school programs?” and “Do grade levels serve us well?” Headmaster Burns address was covered by the Daily News.

The annual conference marks the culmination for Martin Institute Residents who play an integral role in planning for the conference; assigning rooms, handling presenters’ needs, logistics, working with exhibitors, and hospitality. The Martin Institute Residency program is a yearlong experience that includes participation in seminars with outstanding thought leaders, mentoring and training by exceptional educators, observing in classrooms of excellent teachers, and studying educational articles, books, and videos. Preparing for and attending the conference where they have a chance to meet teachers from many areas and in different stages of their career is a valuable part of their experience as they enter teaching.

{gallery}stories/press_releases/2014-02-13-micon14{/gallery}
About User
Laura Dearman

Laura Dearman has over 20 years experience teaching in early childhood classrooms. Most recently, Dearman taught early childhood art, reader’s workshop and writer’s workshop at Presbyterian Day School.

As Director of Teacher Development, Dearman leads the Martin Institute Residents program, having built it from an idea into a highly sought after source of exceptional teacher development. Dearman also serves as director of the Institute's annual conference, held each June.

An expert in developing early literacy skills, Dearman has presented at various conferences, including TAIS, TAEYC, MAEYC, Shelby County Schools In-Service, and the Martin Institute Conference. Her popular workshops include “Come On! Let’s Write”, “Literacy Development and Little Explorers” and “Literacy Development in Kindergarten.” Dearman earned her bachelor’s degree from Ole Miss and her Master’s degree from The University of Memphis.

Dearman is passionate about developing teachers as leaders, and giving back to the city of Memphis. As Director of Teacher Development, she plays a key role in continuing to design, expand, and cultivate programs and networks that advance the work of The Martin Institute. The particular emphasis of the Institute’s teacher development program is to provide resources and support to increase Memphis area teachers’ abilities to design and lead transformative learning in the classroom.

Laura and her husband, Buddy, have two children and one crazy dog.

Login to post comments